Research in Higher Education

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 153–184 | Cite as

Faculty do Matter: The Role of College Faculty in Student Learning and Engagement

  • Paul D. UmbachEmail author
  • Matthew R. Wawrzynski


This study uses two national data sets to explore the relationship between faculty practices and student engagement. Our findings suggest that students report higher levels of engagement and learning at institutions where faculty members use active and collaborative learning techniques, engage students in experiences, emphasize higher-order cognitive activities in the classroom, interact with students, challenge students academically, and value enriching educational experiences.


college faculty student engagement effective educational practices culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Policy and Leadership StudiesUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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